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Hello and welcome to Happy Family Art, where you will find fun places to visit around NJ, art lessons, craft tutorials, coloring pages and more! 

Places To Visit This Fall: 

Our Visit To New Jersey Botanical GardenNew Jersey Botanical Garden

It is a wonderful place: beautiful, quiet, never crowded. Take a walk there, enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells, and to clear your head.

Our Visit To Duke Farms Somerset County Destinations NJ Free And Inexpensive PlacesDuke Farms

This place has everything you might want for fun: biking, hiking, beautiful scenery, historical value, delicious food and so much more! It is free and amazing!

Our Visit To Liberty Hall Museum Union County DestinationsLiberty Hall Museum

What a wonderful place this is. It allows you to come face to face with History: to touch it, to feel it, to learn it! The kids and adults will enjoy this tremendously.

Our Visit To Longwood Gardens Pennsylvania Daytrip DestinationsLongwood Gardens

Such a beautiful place. It is never crowded and absolutely worth the long drive. Both kids and adults will love it there!!!

Our Visit To Watchung Reservation Union County DestinationsWatchung Reservation

Enjoy a beautiful hike, a nature center and museum with many classes, a great playground, hiking, or come for a picnic.

New Hope and Lambertville Pennsylvania Destinations Hunterdon County DestinationsNew Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ

If you’re in need of a vacation, even if it is just for one day, come down to New Hope and Lambertville.

Our Visit To Leonard J Buck GardenLeonard J Buck Garden

What a pretty garden this is. Located in the heart of NJ, it makes for an excellent afternoon.

Our Visit to Lakota Wolf PreserveLakota Wolf Preserve

Late fall is a great time to visit Lakota Wolf Preserve, as the wolves get a new coat of fur for the winter. 

Our Visit To Princeton University and Princeton Art MuseumPrinceton University and Princeton Art Museum

Princeton is beautiful in the fall, with the turning leaves, and students that have come back. It is teeming with life.

Our Visit To Rutgers GardensOur Visit To Rutgers Gardens

It is such an amazing place to spend the day with family, especially on a cool fall afternoon.

Our Visit To Sourland Mountain Preserve Hiking in NJSourland Mountain Preserve

It is a delightful hiking spot, a great place to enjoy the turning of the colors.

Our Visit To Herrontown ArboretumOur Visit To Herrontown Woods Arboretum

Take a lovely meditative hike through the Herrontown Woods Arboretum.

Our Visit To Terhune Orchards In Princeton Mercer County DestinationsOur Visit To Terhune Orchards

Located a few minutes from the bustling downtown of Princeton NJ, this farm is a wonderful place to spend a few hours.

Our Visit To Turtle Back Zoo Essex Count DestinationsTurtle Back Zoo

This is a great zoo! It is not too big, so you could cover it in one day visit and not get too exhausted.

Fall Art Lessons and Craft Tutorials:

How to draw a tree tutorialHow to Draw A Tree

Often, I get asked “How to draw a tree?”, I have created this tutorial to answer that!

How To Draw Sunflowers Learn To DrawHow to Draw Sunflowers

Awesomely detailed and executed in various mediums! Learn how to draw Sunflowers!

Color Pencil Landscape Drawing Learn To DrawDraw A Simple Landscape

This is a step by step tutorial on how to draw a simple landscape using colored pencils.

Crayon Resist Fall Leaves Art LessonCrayon Resist Fall Leaves

This is such a simple and fun art project.  It is fun to watch the kids faces light up as they see the white crayon show through the paper.

How To Make A Spooky Halloween Pop Up CardHalloween Pop Up Card

Instructions for spooky Halloween town pup up card full of ghosts, creatures and scary things.

How To Make Outdoor Mosaic ArtOutdoor Mosaic

Here is how I made this fantastic outdoor mosaic. The process wasn’t easy, but I love the result!

Embroidery Hoop Star MapEmbroidery Hoop Star Map

Step by step instructions on how to make this fairly accurate embroidery hoop star map.  Fairly easy, though a few mistakes were made, and makes a great gift!

Making A Tiny Witch HatHow to Make a Wearable Tiny Witch Hat

Instructions for how to make a tiny witch hat made out of felt with felt flowers.  After all, who doesn’t need a tiny witch hat for their everyday errands.

Free Nature Coloring Pages

Free Nature Coloring Pages

More Coloring Pages

Take a look at what’s new at Happy Family Art:

Our Visit To Highlands Natural PoolOur Visit To Highlands Natural Pool

Even though this year’s season is coming to an end, I hope you earmark this spot for next year. It was wonderful.

Clay Fairy Garden Creations How to make Clay FairiesClay Fairy Garden Magic

This summer, I surprised a friend by populating her house with oven baked clay fairy garden creations. I made a bunch more and of course created a tutorial.

Our Visit To Van Vleck Gardens and Kip's CastleGarden Hopping In Montclair

One bright Saturday morning we went garden hopping: Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Van Vleck Gardens and Kip’s Castle.

Wait, don’t leave! There is more! 

happy family artNJ Travels

Here you will find all sorts of fun day trips all over New Jersey and surrounding states. You can read about our family’s experiences there and hopefully get out and have fun! Also, be sure to check out our very popular list of FREE OR INEXPENSIVE PLACES FOR FAMILY FUN IN AND AROUND NJ.

happy family artArt Lessons

Take a look at the many art lessons we have. So far there is acrylic, watercolor, how to draw, amazing coloring pages and more!